Confessions of an Intercessor.

Written by On Monday, 23 September 2013 07:42

Jane Doe walked me to our then youth pastors office and announced that I will be taking over her role as the head of the Intercessory ministry; I gasped , I didn’t think it was a done deal, we had talked about it but as far as I was concerned I was still ‘praying’ about it. She probably figured this was the best way to do it because if I continued to ‘pray’ about it I may never hear Gods’ voice. Therein lay one of my many struggles as an Intercessor.

What is God saying?
Me: Beats me, what do you think He’s saying?
Random friend X: Don’t be like that; I thought we were praying for that thing I told you about.
Me: Ooohh riiight right…yes we are, and you’ll be the first person I contact when I hear anything.
Then we would wait for a while after that. Sometimes God would definitely reveal Himself but most of the time, there was nothing, no word no nothing, nadda, zero, zilch. So I’d ask, Lord is it me? Am I doing something wrong? Why can’t I hear you? Better yet why don’t you just tell her what it is and leave me out of it!!!

What? Yes, you heard right. Fraud … I always felt like a fraud, especially when people called me Woman of God! Prayer warrior! etc… I would cringe and my heart would do a somersault. Then a voice in my head would whisper ‘’ Fraud! You didn’t even do QT today.’’ Those are the days I would go back to God and plead with Him to get me out of it. Surely, there must be someone else more capable, more righteous more prayerful even. What was God thinking?

I am the Pharisee and the Pharisee is me!
And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either; all these people making a regular show out of their prayers hoping for stardom. Do you think God sits in a box seat? …there is a world full of so called prayer warriors who are prayer ignorant. They are full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Mathew 6

One word. Ouch! One thing you come to realize when you are in the situation I was in is that no one shows up for prayers. I was so excited when someone other than me showed up for the prayer meeting because that meant it wasn’t my QT, It was a prayer meeting. I get the Pharisees; I understand the need for theatrics albeit from a different point. I was desperate. I needed to answer a question.

What can I do to make the prayer meeting more attractive to young people?

So we ended up doing a couple of things to encourage people to come for the prayers. Looking back now I simply call them marketing gimmicks that worked only for a short time before the numbers went down again.

Powerful prayers???
How can you tell that one prayer is powerful and another is not? Is it in the tone of voice? The volume used? Scriptures quoted? Is it the posture? Or my personal favorite, the speaking in tongues? What is a powerful prayer?

…Elijah for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain and it didn’t, not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did… (James 4:17)

In the end i realized that prayer is simply prayer. There is no right way of doing it, there is no wrong way of doing it, because guess what?just like the pharisees, the Lord can see our hearts intentions.

What are your thoughts? What is it about Intercessory that gives people the hibby jibbies? Do we need to change the name? If you were to come up with a new English word to describe Intercessors what would it be? What do you consider a powerful prayer? Let’s talk.

On the same note, let us continue to pray for fellow Kenyans who are still being held at Westgate. Let us pray for God's divine wisdom upon the Kenyan Security forces.

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